Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is to launch the ninth Disaster Management Camp (DMC-9) in February next year.
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), the 10-day event will take place from February 15-24, 2022 at Simaisma and Al Daayen Youth Centre. It will be attended by 300 trainees among QRCS volunteers, Qatari government organisations, NGOs and Arab national societies. A total of 100 trainers and administrative staff will manage the event.
Ibrahim Abdullah al-Malki, CEO of QRCS, told a press conference Monday: "Building upon the outstanding success of the previous editions of DMC, we are launching this one with a new, contemporary vision amid the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic in Qatar and the whole world, which delayed DMC for two years.
Apart from the MoPH's patronage, DMC has attracted participations from many government organisations, NGOs, the private sector, media, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Committee of the Red Cross, and sister national societies.
Brig Gen Ahmed Ismail al-Zyara, head of DMC-9, said: "The participants will be divided into six groups. The training agenda involves two parts: (1) specialised training in six sectors (shelter and registration, water and sanitation, nutrition and distribution, healthcare in emergency, emergency planning, and field assessment/co-ordination); and (2) general training in seven specialisations (Sphere Project, media and communications in emergencies, restoring family links, safe access, psychological support, disaster management, and leadership in humanitarian action).
"In addition to the exercises, there will be unexpected daily scenarios to test how much the trainees are able to respond to emergencies. Then, a plenary field exercise will be held in preparation for a disaster scenario simulation on the closing day of DMC."
Nawaf Mohamed al-Madahka, chairman of Simaisma and Al Daayen Youth Centre, said: "It is the first time the DMC will be held at a youth centre. Second, this edition of DMC is the first following Covid-19, which requires totally new procedures and mechanisms, in line with the applicable preventive measures to ensure maximum safety for all participants."
"This edition of DMC is expected to be the best, being held in the same year when Qatar is set to host FIFA World Cup 2022."